Viral infection from sheep likely killed deer

June 21, 2014 3:45 PM

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BOAZ, Ala. — Alabama's state veterinarian says a domesticated sheep is the likely source of a sickness that has killed more than 50 whitetail deer at a captive breeding facility near Boaz.

Dr. Tony Frazier tells ( ) that testing indicates that bovine herpes virus Type 2, a viral infection commonly called malignant catarrhal fever, is likely the primary cause of the deaths. Frazier says sheep commonly carry the virus but don't exhibit symptoms.

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